Our Programs

Our programs mix the best of both Washington and Silicon Valley, bringing together stakeholders in policy, science, and technology to train the next generation of policy entrepreneurs.

At the Aspen Tech Policy Hub, we take STEM experts, teach them the policy process through fellowship and executive education programs, and encourage them to develop outside-the-box solutions to society’s problems. The Hub currently runs two main programs to achieve this goal:

  1. The Aspen Tech Policy Hub Fellowship is a full-time, paid, ten-week program that teaches STEM experts the policy process. The program is ideal for people with scientific or technical backgrounds who are interested in building better policy, whether that be within government or more broadly as an external advocate or from within industry. It is particularly well-suited to applicants who have existing policy ideas they wish to refine and press forward. Admitted applicants receive an $18,000 stipend to enable their participation. While the Hub fellowship is normally full-time and in-person, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, any Fellowship program we hold is likely to be a mix of in-person and online programming for the foreseeable future.
  1. The Tech Executive Leadership Initiative (TELI) is a part-time, unpaid, online, ten-week program, co-sponsored by the Hub, that provides senior technology professionals with a unique leadership opportunity to strengthen their executive skills through real-world engagement with government problems. Through experiential learning with real government technology policy challenges, leaders hone their skills to work effectively with dedicated public servants and mitigate risk on technology projects. This program is ideal for senior executives who are interested in future federal government service or in otherwise honing their skills to engage more effectively with governments. The program is mainly online, but may include a weekend immersion retreat if one can safely be held.

In addition to these main programs, we also run a hybrid program of the two above formats.

  1. The Tech Policy Primer is a part-time, unpaid, ten-week program that combines the broad scope and curriculum of our Fellowship with the flexible format of the TELI program. We look forward to releasing the first set of projects from this program in the coming months.

Applicants to the Hub’s programs are automatically considered for the Savilla Pitt Memorial Fellowship, awarded to one member of each incoming Aspen Tech Policy Hub cohort. Please see here to learn more about the Memorial Fellowship.

We also incubate projects that address specific societal challenges through challenge grants and prize competitions. To learn more about our Information Disorder Prize Competition, see here.

More information about these programs can be found in the table below and our Fellowship and TELI pages below.

Which program(s) are right for me?

Aspen Tech Policy Hub FellowshipTech Executive Leadership Initiative
Content
  • Focuses on building better policy broadly -- within government, within companies, or as an external advocate

  • Cohorts focus on specific policy areas, such as tech and climate

  • Run by the Aspen Tech Policy Hub

  • Fellows get to pick their final project topic
Logistics
  • Ten weeks

  • Full-time

  • In-person (pending COVID-19 restrictions) in Bay Area

  • $18,000 stipend for participation
    • Ten weeks

    • Part-time; classes held on weekday afternoons/evenings on a set schedule

    • Held mostly online with a potential weekend immersion in-person

    • No stipend for participation
    Eligibility Requirements
    Participants
    • Ideal for those who have existing tech policy ideas they wish to refine and press forward

    • Cohorts of 15 participants
    • Ideal for those interested in learning about future federal government service or otherwise working with government

    • Cohorts of 30-60 participants

    Application

    Applications are currently closed for the Summer 2022 Aspen Climate Cohort. If you are interested in this program, please reach out to us at aspentechpolicyhub@aspeninstitute.org. To stay updated on our other programming, join our mailing list here.

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